Former French First Lady Carla Bruni has never seen eye-to-eye with socialist Francois Hollande, who won the presidency from her conservative husband, Nicolas Sarkozy.
There was, however, a thawing of the singer’s frosty relations with Hollande at the Paris funeral of ‘French Elvis’ Johnny Hallyday on Saturday.
‘Because of protocol, I was sat next to Hollande,’ Bruni told me later that evening, backstage after her concert at London’s Union Chapel to promote her album, French Touch.
‘I said to him: “We might end up liking each other and you will come to my funeral.”
‘He replied: “I might go before you.” I said back: “I hope so.” ’
Former French First Lady Carla Bruni has never seen eye-to-eye with socialist Francois Hollande, pictured left, who won the presidency from her conservative husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured right
There was, however, a thawing of the singer’s frosty relations with Hollande at the Paris funeral of ‘French Elvis’ Johnny Hallyday, pictured, on Saturday
The Royal Family enjoy buying each other cheap and jokey presents, but perhaps this Christmas the Queen should splash out on something more pricy?
For I hear she’s just fetched 71,500 guineas (£75,000) for four breeding mares at the December sales at Newmarket.
It was recently reported that Her Majesty had won a staggering £6.7 million from horse racing over the past 30 years, making her the 11th most successful owner in flat racing.
Billy Elliot stars reunite 16 years on
He was plucked from obscurity aged 13 to play the role of a working class ballet dancer in the film Billy Elliot.
This weekend Jamie Bell was reunited with his co-star Dame Julie Walters in London.
Bell, 31, is now a Hollywood star with a string of blockbusters to his name including the Fantastic Four, and this summer wed House Of Cards actress Kate Mara.
The pair are pictured left in 2001 and right in 2017
He has a son by his first wife Evan Rachel Wood. Walters, 67, is more than happy to play second fiddle to Bell on screen.
The pair co-starred in new movie Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. Walters, who played his teacher in Billy Elliot, this time plays his mother.